15 Most Awesome Tree Houses From Around The World

Humans have not really given up on ideas of an Edenic life. Which is why they often seek to escape to paradises amidst nature whenever they get the chance. Here is a list of 15 treehouses from around the world that turn living among trees into a literally amazing experiences.

Contemporary Tree House in South Africa by Malan Vorster

Tree houses are quite popular since they remind childhood and force you to think of time spent in fairly small spaces, sparsely furnished, if at all, and of tiny structures coarsely built into trees in our backyards. The Cape Town-based architectural firm Malan Vorster has created a contemporary tree house that, once you’re inside, makes you feel like you’re right at home. The structure, itself located in Cape Town, South Africa, is composed of four cylindrical wooden towers elevated on stilts, so created to provide the residents with views from in between the trees that surround it. Located on a slope that helps facilitate these views, the home was built for a resident of the Cape Town suburb of Constantia, who wished to have a hide-away resembling the tree houses of their childhood. Red cedar battens cover the outside of the glass walls, which helps in creating a perfect balance between the resident’s enjoyment of the views the privileged location offers and their privacy. The interior is pure elegance set against the peculiar wood and iron structure that the architects have wrought. Contemporary furnishings fill the space, making this not only a nostalgic escape, but also a comfortable home.

Mask House – A Space of Myriad Sanctuaries

Take a look at the stunning tree house – Mask House. A place for nature contemplation as well as meditation. A thoughtful example of conceptual architecture. Designed by WOJR but not yet built, the cabin will stand in a woodland area in upstate New York, at the edge of the lake where the client’s brother died years before. The house takes its name from the almost impenetrable slatted facade. A narrow walkway leads towards the entrance. Once inside, visitors discover a sequence of small spaces that create a sense of connection in between two different worlds. “A place of separation and protection that removes one from the world of the everyday and offers passage to an other world,” explain the architects. The open-plan room finished in wood features a suspended fireplace that provides comfort and warmth, while a glazed wall offers a beautiful view towards the lake. The bedroom is actually a sleeping nook, with a kitchen space on another wall and a bathroom accessible through a narrow door. On the roof, a terrace would allow visitors to enjoy the complete peace of the natural landscape. Visualization by Alexis Nicolas Basso.

Comfortable Treehouse Under The Northern Lights

International architecture and design company Snøhetta has created the ultimate tree house in one of the most beautiful corners of the world. “The 7th Room” is a luxury hotel in Northern Sweden, near the Arctic Circle and its mission is to shorten the gap between people and nature. The design of the structure is based on the traditional Nordic cabin and comfortably sits on twelve columns in an isolated evergreen pine forest 33 feet (10 meters) above the ground. The light wooden interior creates a cozy atmosphere and large windows offer jaw-dropping views of the Swedish Lapland, including the winding Lule River. However, one of its most amazing features is an outdoor terrace with a netted base, which offers visitors an unforgettable experience under the Northern Lights. Besides that, the nearly 600 square feet (55 square meters) space hosts a social lounge area, bathroom, and two bedrooms. It accommodates up to five people and is accessible via a staircase and a small lift. The wooden dwelling belongs to Treehotel which aims to introduce tourists to the Northern Lights in the Arctic Circle. Treehotel also owns another six treehouse suites, all designed by Scandinavian architects, but the latest addition by Snøhetta is their tallest and largest one yet.

Luxurious Treehouse With A Sauna, Hot Tub And Slide

Nestled in the Dorset woodland, a few hours west of London, green woodworker Guy Mallinson has built a luxurious retreat foisted above the ground amidst spectacular oak trees. The Woodsman’s Treehouse cost £150,000 (almost $184,000) and five months to complete, with the design evolving during the building process. Mallinson and his crew have embraced the aesthetic properties of wood from the outset, with the facade clad in cleft sweet chestnut log stacks, oak laths, and hand cleft oak shingles. Built with local materials, it was paramount to the team that the natural ecosystem remained untouched. “We don’t touch the trees at all, allowing rain water to run down the stems and wildlife to travel up and down in the normal way, hence maintaining the delicate ecosystem of the oak tree,” Mallinson explains on his website . “We don’t stress the trees by imposing a heavy loads on them or by fixing bolts into them. We believe that the tree has grown in response to its environment and as such should be left well alone.” The treehouse, which sleeps two people, is fitted with all the comforts of a luxury hotel. The circular interior contains a king-sized bed, kitchen, a double-ended copper bath, and a rotating fireplace. When you are surrounded by spectacular scenery, views are important. With this in mind, the space is fitted with a window in the floor to view the stream below, the bedroom contains a window in the ceiling for spectacular views of the canopy, and picture windows ensure you will be one with nature even while indoors. Outside, a series of decks reveal further luxuries, such as a wood fired pizza oven, a rooftop hot tub and sauna, an outdoor tree shower, and a large slide to bring you quickly to ground level. The treehouse, featured on the UK’s Amazing Spaces, has already been a hit with visitors and is available from £620 (roughly $760) for a minimum two night stay.

Cylindrical Bamboo Treehouse Is a Solar Powered Oasis in Mexico

Just north of Acapulco, in Juluchuca , Mexico, the Playa Viva sustainable resort has unveiled a treehouse suite surrounded by lush palms. Taking sustainable vacationing to another level, the bilevel, beachfront treehouse sprawls over 700 square feet and was designed by Deture Culsign. The firm aimed to “visually intrigue and highlight sustainable strategies to deliver a natural immersive guest experience.” To that end the treehouse, which was completed in just six months from initial design meeting to first guest checkin, is made of bamboo with electricity and hot water provided by solar power. The concept of the design is for guests to experience indoor and outdoor living within one seamless space. The locally sourced wood blends into the surroundings, with an open air sitting room and private bathroom located on the ground floor. The ceiling of the bathroom is intentionally curved away, opening up to the sky and creating an outdoor shower sensation. The upper sleeping area, or perch, contains a king bed and two person hammock—perfect for gazing out the open cylinder onto the private beach. Guests are asked to leave their inhibitions behind, embracing the au naturel vibe of the treehouse, which was built by California-based Artistree. The suite can sleep three people with prices ranging from $445 to $620, depending on the season, meals, and yoga classes included. The resort itself sits on 200 acres and includes an estuary, an Aztec archeological site, turtle sanctuary, and a coastal forest and mangrove ecosystem which supports an array of wildlife.

Miniature Tree Houses for Houseplants

Artist Jedediah Corwyn Voltz constructs miniature tree houses nestled in and around potted plants and bonsai. The tiny buildings, which range from stylish lofts to minimalist studios, have similar features to their full-sized counterparts, and Voltz has outfitted them with decorative rugs, art objects, and wooden furniture. Some even have minuscule houseplants lining their porches! This incredible attention to detail brings these playful spaces to life, and it’s easy to imagine that they’re inhabited by pint-sized residents. To produce the sculptures, Voltz draws from his decade-long experience as a commercial prop maker for movies. As a result, everything is meticulously handcrafted by the artist, with materials like silk and wood cobbled together into fully-realized structures.

Remarkable Tubular Glass House Built Around Tree

Kazakh history is rife with stories of people throwing stones, making this glass tree-house, by Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov, the perfect weapon to combat stone proliferation. First designed in 2013, the dream was shattered when investors pulled out; now, however, with a glass and solar panel manufacturer expressing interest, A.Masow Architects’ “Tree in the House” could soon become a reality. “The main purpose of this project is to offer an alternative to the bustle of city life,” explained Almassov. “We wanted to combine the capabilities of modern industrial design and the natural wealth and beauty. And more importantly it doesn’t harm to environment,” he added. “This is an opportunity to escape from the sweltering concrete boxes and feel the present unity with nature.”

Unique Treehotel in Sweden

Treehotel offers a unique hotel experience: treerooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoiled nature. Here you can forget about the time constraints of everyday life, enjoy the serenity, and rejuvenate in a sophisticated yet familiar environment. Treehotel is located in Harads, near the Lule river, about 100 kilometers from Luleå airport. The village has a population of about 600 and features a restaurant, shop and guest house. When you arrive at Treehotel, you check in at Britta’s Pensionat. Then it’s just a short stroll through the beautiful nature to your treeroom. The most striking part of Harads is its magnificent surroundings. From Treehotel’s rooms you get a fantastic view of the Lule River valley, miles of forest and the powerful river.

Playful Tiny Homes by Dan Pauly

Fourth generation wood-working artisan Dan Pauly transforms reclaimed wood into diminutive cabins that look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale. Whether it’s a sauna, outhouse, shed, or actual home, the craftsman is able to create structures that are reminiscent of a Tim Burton film – offering a quirky balance of gothic culture and playfulness. As it turns out, there’s even a significant history behind these whimsical designs. Pauly’s great-grandfather emigrated from Switzerland to the U.S. in the 1800s and began the artisanal craft of barn building. Since then, the Pauly family has continued this impressive trade, making it part of their legacy for close to two centuries. “As I uncover an old barn or shed,” Pauly explains on his website, “I realize that it could be the same lumber that my great-grandfather used more than 100 years ago. I think that respect for the craftsmen and craftswomen of the past, and for the wood they used, make a difference in each new piece I create. Until you have dismantled an old barn, you can’t imagine the painstaking effort it took from Old-World craftsmen to erect it. They were each a work of art.”

Tree Snake Houses in Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas Park

In the heart of the Pedras Salgadas Park in Portugal, Luís and Tiago Rebelo de Andrade of Rebelo de Andrade Studio have created these interesting looking Tree Snake Houses. The tree houses aren’t build among the branches of a high tree, but instead are found between the tree trunks, and are raised on stilts. The structures truly blend into their surroundings thanks to natural coverings in slate and wood, and windows have been placed especially to admire the life of the park and also the stars. Considering their somewhat strange appearance, the tree houses actually blend amazingly well into the nature around them, and the architects also considered sustainability and environmental impact, adding reinforced insulation, low energy lighting, and solar panels. Inside, decoration is minimal, and the compact tree houses feature one bathroom, a small kitchen, double bed and sofa. A truly unique accommodation option for visitors to Portugal.

Dom’Up: Suspended Treehouse Cabin

With Dom’Up, a suspension style cabin that promises, you can take your outdoor adventures to new heights. Dutch arboriculturist Bruno de Grunne and architect Nicolas d’Ursel from Trees and People, are behind this innovative invention that features a UV-resistant roof made from durable thermo-welded tarpaulin. The lightweight 172 sq. ft. platform gets hung between two trees, as the galvanized steel and natural (and removable) wooden flooring round out the support. The makers say Dom’Up ($28,215) does take a couple of days to fully set up, but that it can then stay elevated in the trees for years. Interested? You can buyit here.

Almke Treehouse by Baumraum

In order to create a meeting place for a scout group near Wolfsburg, Germany, a treehouse has been designed by Baumraum and constructed by the troop of enthusiastic young people on the Almke camp site. The elevated structure wraps a sturdy pine, and provides a place among nature for gathering, eating, and sleeping. Programs are housed in two nearly identical volumes facing one other, which are offset by a height of one meter. The lower building provides sleeping for eight people, while the upper serves for gathering and eating. The latter contains necessary cooking equipment, a dining table, and a wood-burning stove for cooler times of the year. The two volumes have slightly pitched and curving roofs, and are identical save for their window placement and furnishings. A sturdy wooden stair accesses the central terrace. The structure is supported by wood columns, beams, and diagonal bracing, and further stiffened by steel cables.

Elliptical Treehouse Djuren by Baumraum

To serve as a comfortable escape for a family on a wooded property in northern Germany, Baumraum have completed the “Treehouse djuren” around two large oaks. The structure is characterized by its egg-shaped profile, which is accentuated by elliptical windows and glossy white façade finish. The interior space is comprised of sleeping benches covered in gray felt, and provides many views to the forested context. From below, the treehouse is accessed via two ship ladders, which are separated by a lower terrace at a height of 3.8 meters above the ground plane. The second deck is located 5.6 meters in the air, and contains entry to the elevated pod. The small dwelling’s vertical load is carried by four inclined steel supports, while it is structurally stiffened through its connections to the trees. The two oaks also bear the weight of the two terraces, through a system of cables and textile straps. In contrast to the white ends of the egg-shaped pod, the volume’s underside as well as the terraces are made of wood, while the roof is clad in sheet zinc. A curved window is integrated into the rounded front facade, providing an additional view outward.